Complete K–6 Collection

Lessons for Levels Pre-A–Level Z

The complete Literacy Footprints K–6 Collection includes six grade-level guided reading kits for the classroom. Each kit provides teachers with hundreds of books (6 copies of each title), lesson plans, and materials to engage learners in small-group instruction. The Literacy Footprints Guided Reading System was developed by Jan Richardson and Michèle Dufresne and is a powerful part of a comprehensive literacy solution for today’s culturally diverse classrooms.

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Complete Collection Classroom

SKU: LFP-K6-Complete-CP

Includes 6 copies of each book


Complete Collection Single Student

SKU: LFP-K6-Complete-SS

Includes 1 copy of each book



Literacy Footprints is a Guided Reading system designed for classroom teachers, intervention, ELL, Special Education teachers, and support staff who are teaching children to read and write. Each of the guided reading kits contains sequenced, high-quality leveled texts in a variety of genres. Students will encounter traditional tales, realistic fiction, fantasy, and informational text. The lesson cards that accompany the books follow Jan Richardson’s Next Step lesson format (Richardson, 2009 and 2016). Each lesson includes word study and phonics instruction based on The Next Step Forward in Word Study (Dufresne and Richardson 2019). Each guided reading kit also includes component materials designed by Jan Richardson and Michèle Dufresne to consistently support teachers throughout the lessons.

Click the Level below to see the list of titles in this kit.

Kit Titles Per Level

Number of titles



A - Z

45 28 34 35 26 23 25 20 21 18 15 20 22 17 21 20 19 10 20 20 10 10 10 10 10 10

Level A

Now I Know My ABCs

At the Aquarium

Birthday Time

Busy Clarence

Clarence’s House

Dad is at Work

Daisy the Pirate

Dinner Time for Bella and Rosie

Dogs Having Fun

Dragon Toys

Everything Orange

Farm Animals

Flying with Super Sam

Fun at School

Going Places

Going Up with Super Sam

I Can Do It

Jaxson’s Animals


Let’s Go with Super Sam

Look Who’s Reading

Marvin Has Fun

Oliver Can Paint

Oliver’s Favorite Things

Parts of a Plant

Ready to Trick-or-Treat

Rosie Likes Pink

Rosie’s Pink Friends


Super Sam

Super Sam’s Family

Swimming Together


We Like Sunglasses

What Can Climb?

What Can Fly?

What’s the Weather Today?

Choose a Pet

Find the Kittens


Look at This Mess

Looking Out

My Community


Super Sam Has Fun

Level B

Animal Tails

A Snack for Gilbert

A Sweater for Oliver

Beach Time for Clarence

Bella’s Busy Day


Clarence is Flying

How Do We Get There?

Look Up

Lovely Flowers

Marvin’s Friends

Playing Together

Reading Buddies


The Bus Ride

We Like Hats

Animal Race

Baby Animals and Their Mothers

Can We Play

Counting with Rosie

Fruit Salad

How Many?

Marvin Dresses Up


Snow Fun


Where Are We?

Where is My Dog?

Level C


Bella and Rosie at the Beach

Bella’s Birthday


Emily’s Babysitter

I Can Fly

In the Pond

Let’s Fly

Look Out for Space Monster

Look Out for the Lion

Splashing Dad

The Firefighter

The Little Red Hen

The Rain Forest

The Van

What’s for Dinner

A Carpenter’s Tools

A Dinosaur Snack

A Season of Trees

Bella’s Dinner


Come Here, Puppy

Fabulous Frogs

Fun in the Snow

Jasper the Fat Cat

Making Pizza

My Dog

Oliver Has a Snack


The Chicks Are Hatching

The Gingerbread Boy

The Three Little Pigs

The Water Park

We Love to Swim

Level D

Animal Tricks

Bella and Rosie Play Hide and Seek

Cat Naps with Oliver

Catching Fireflies

Firefighters to the Rescue

Grandma’s House

Grizzly Bears


Hide and Seek with Oliver


Spaceboy Plays Hide and Seek

Swimming with Mermaids

The Goats

The Lost Bear

The Monarch Butterfly

Where is Mother Duck?

A Hungry Puppy


Bella’s Bone

Big Trucks

Georgie Giraffe, the Detective


Hermit Crabs

How to Grow a Carrot

In the Forest

Jack and the Bean Stalk

Jack the Cowboy

Lost in the Jungle

Nap Time for Gilbert

No Cookies Before Dinner

The Loose Tooth

The Missing Earrings

The Missing Puppy

Where Are the Baby Chicks?

Where is My Hat?

Level E

A Picnic Lunch

Dogs or Cats?

Fun at the Beach

Going Fishing

Horseback Riding

Party Clothes

Play With Me

Rosie is Cold

The Lost Money

Where is Santa?

A Birthday Present for Spaceboy

A Walk for Jasper

Bully Dinosaur



Gilbert the Pig Wears a Dress

Jack’s New Skates

Lost in the Woods

Our Senses

Santa’s Suit

Shooting Hoops

Spaceboy Finds a Friend

The Sky is Falling

The Space Fort

Whitewater Rafting

You Can Save Energy

Level F

A Job for Little Elf

Emily Can’t Sleep


Quack’s Red Boots

The Sledding Adventure

A Tower of Pillows

All About Cars

Bella and Rosie Love the Fall

Gilbert Goes on a Picnic

Help for Santa

How to Catch a Fish

Little Dinosaur The Hero

Making Maple Syrup

Pickles Helps Out

Quack Goes Camping

Sea Stars

Swimming in the City

A Trip to the Beach


Lemonade for Gilbert

Super Sam and Scout

Super Sam and the Kitten

The Super Dog Club

Level G

A Mouse in the House

A New Friend at the Beach

Cookies for Santa

Fantastic Fish

How to Give Your Dog a Bath

Puppy Trouble

Rosie Feels Sick

Sleep Tight, Spaceboy


The Fishing Adventure

The Lost Valentines

Too Cold

Gabby Runs Away

Garbage to Garden

In the Desert

Michael and the Chicks

Pickles Gets Lost

Puppies for Rosie


Super Sam and the Bullies

The Big Wave

The Sand Castle

The Sleepover

The Snowstorm

Tucker the Lost Puppy

Level H

A Cape for Daisy

Dinosaurs and Fossils

Pencils for Tidbit and Morsel

Petting Gilbert

Riding Bicycles

Space Fairy

The Seashell

The Shoemaker and the Elves

The Story of the Three Bears

Where Does Your Pizza Come From?

Bella is a Bad Dog

Gilbert the Special Pig

Hatching Chicks

Help for Rosie

In the Rain Forest

Little Dinosaur’s Skateboard

Sea Horses

The Dog Cookie

The Milkmaid and Her Pail

The Ocean

Level I

Adventure in the Purple Forest


Gilbert the Pig Has an Adventure

Going to School

In the Ocean

Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

Math Tricks



Space Monster’s Birthday Party

The Ugly Duckling

Amazing Lizards

George Washington

Goodbye Gabby

Ice Cream for Jack and Daisy

Jack and the Fox

Jasper and the Kitten

More Trouble


The New House

Tidbit and Morsel Play Games

Level J

A World of Squirrels

All About Soccer

Apples for Santa


Creepy, Crawly Caterpillars

Daisy’s Airplane Trip

The Thunderstorm

Trouble for Jasper

A Wild Animal

Abraham Lincoln

Baby Stegosaurus


Goldie and the Fawn

Hungry Holidays for Bella and Rosie

On the Arctic Tundra


The Deer Report

The Fawn

Level K

Daisy to the Rescue

Keeping Watch

Quack the Brave Duck

The Princess and the Pea

A World of Worms

All About Deer

Caring for Your Dog

Casey and the Nest


Jane Goodall

Life in a Tide Pool


The Mother Goose Caper

The New Chicks


Level L

Beauty and the Beast

Big Machines

Extreme Sports

Dirty and Wet Dogs

Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice

Penguins: Flightless Birds of the Sea

Quack and the Worm

Sleeping Beauty

The Big Game

The Camping Trip

The Bird Rescue

A New Dog

A Playdate with Tucker

Aladdin and the Magic Lamp

Alone at Home

City Cousin

Cricket the Dog

Henry’s Ghost / Bird Feathers

Ice Hockey

The Ice Rink

Level M

The Bubble Gum Contest

All About Honeybees

Bella and Rosie Solve a Mystery



Harriet Tubman

Hurricane Katrina Dogs

Pete Penguin and the Bullies

Polar Bears

Pulleys: Simple Machines in Our World

The Halloween Caper

The Road Trip

The Space Zoo

A New Leader for the Troop

Anna Helps Out



Mrs. Warren’s House / Bird Beaks

Saving the Baby Turtles

The Bedouin Boy

The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Lion and the Hare, an Old Fable from Ancient China

Level N

Oki and the Polar Bear

Runaway Slave

A Friend for Mia

Bella’s Big Adventure

Daisy and the Super Dog Cape

Rocky Mountain National Park

The Cave at Rattlesnake Mountain

Brer Rabbit and the Well

Curious Cats

Flight of the Spy Pigeon

Magnificent Manatees

Snow Cats

Stars and Constellations

The Big Rescue

The Rescue of Dindim the Penguin


William and the Train Ride

Level O

A Secret Message

All About Koalas

Expedition to the Moon

How Did You Hear That?

Landforms Around the World

Newborn Kits

Reuse and Recycle

The Dive

The Great Horned Owl Rescue


Yeh-Shen, a Chinese Cinderella Story


Boogers at Work

Brave Dog

Learning From the Masters (Anthologies O: Home Sweet Home)

Made of Mud (Anthologies O: Home Sweet Home)

Making a Place for Bikes

Monkey Trouble


Native American Homes Long Ago (Anthologies O: Home Sweet Home)


Level P

A Present for Granny / Bird Nests

A World of Spies

Anna’s Prize

Fishing for Jacks

How Magnets Work

Pearl Diving

School for Spies

The Mail

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Under the Sea

Benjamin Franklin

Bitter Chocolate (Anthologies P: Making Life Sweeter)

Bug Bites

From Wild to Mild

Mighty Brave Girls

Milton Hershey: Founder of the Hershey Company (Anthologies P: Making Life Sweeter)

Quynh and the Golden Gate

School of Freedom

The Sweet Surprise of Spring (Anthologies P: Making Life Sweeter)

Two Thirty Crossing

Level Q

Amphibians: Creatures of Land and Water

Dragon Eye

Flying Spies

How Coyote Brought Fire to the People

Paco Saves the Day

Rattlesnakes: The Snakes with the Noisy Tails

The Pink Pearl

Two Toes / Bird Feet


Beetle Blisters (Anthologies Q: What Made Me Sick?)

Betsy and Sal

Can We Be Too Clean? (Anthologies Q: What Made Me Sick?)

Fairy-Tale Science

Frog Tank Fever (Anthologies Q: What Made Me Sick?)

From Wolf to Woof

Gone Forever

Say What, Horse?

Spring Fever

The Fire on the Mountain

Level R

An Important Partnership with Coral Reefs (Anthologies R: A Warmer World)

Cool Roofs (Anthologies R: A Warmer World)

Count Your Blessings

Dances with Animals

Harnessing the Sun (Anthologies R: A Warmer World)

Hunger Around the World

Say Cheese!

The Shrimp and the Four Secrets

What’s That Noise?

Working Days

Level S

Cars Get Smart

Christa McAuliffe, Teacher Astronaut (Anthologies S: Up In Space)

Don’t Fly Me to the Moon (Anthologies S: Up In Space)

Living on the International Space Station (Anthologies S: Up In Space)

Moving to Mars


Vanishing Coasts

Who Turned on the Faucet?

Who’s Hiding in the Spy Museum?

Yao and the Egg Pirates

The Inuit

The Sunbird

Hurricane Maria: Disaster in Puerto Rico

Oki and the Baby Seal

Hurricane Evacuation

Gator Trappers

The Truth about Pluto

The Driver

The Last Bicycle

Odysseus and the Cyclops

Level T

Back Door Sugar (Anthologies T: It’s Our Right)

Birmingham Children’s Crusade (Anthologies T: It’s Our Right)

Civil Rights

Hot Lunch

Ida Takes a Stand (Anthologies T: It’s Our Right)

Life Is Electric

Noah Count and the Arkansas Ark

Rivers: The Source of Life

Robot Roaches

Three Aunties

Perseus and Medusa

The Flying Test


Nelson Mandela

From Scratch

Welcome to the Circus

The Circus Is in Town

Vampire Spiders

Earthquakes: Rocking Our World

The Gold Locket

Level U

Emily’s Mom

Nature’s Perfect Partners

Cat People, Dog People, Gecko People

Mountain Climbing: Dangerous and Deadly

Theseus and the Minotaur


Benny’s Pet (Anthologies U: Strange Creatures)

The Quest for the Giant Squid (Anthologies U: Strange Creatures)

Flesh Eaters (Anthologies U: Strange Creatures)

Rampaging Reptiles (Anthologies U: Strange Creatures)

Level V

Good as Gold

Pirates: Robbers at Sea

The Ghost of Blackbeard

Spies of the American Revolution

Beneath the Ocean Waves

Salamander Crossing

A Ring for All (Anthologies V: Passion for Play)

Real Sports, Virtual Reality (Anthologies V: Passion for Play)

It’s Not Just a Game (Anthologies V: Passion for Play)

Smooth Sailing (Anthologies V: Passion for Play)

Level W

Understanding Dolphins

Plants That Poison

Bellerophon and Pegasus the Flying Horse

Futuristic Farming

Smart Houses

The Call to Fight: Slave Rebellions (Anthologies W: Journey to Freedom)

Abolitionists Join the Struggle (Anthologies W: Journey to Freedom)

The Louisiana Bayou: Part 1 (Anthologies W: Journey to Freedom)

The Louisiana Bayou: Part 2 (Anthologies W: Journey to Freedom)

Under Siege (Anthologies W: Journey to Freedom)

Level X

Amazing Migrations

Daredevils Who Conquered the Skies


The Age of Castles

Japanese American Internment

Working on the Railroad (Anthologies X: How I Became an American)

The Mop Bucket Encore (Anthologies X: How I Became an American)

The Last Gobble (Anthologies X: How I Became an American)

Immigrants from around the World (Anthologies X: How I Became an American)

Gateway to America (Anthologies X: How I Became an American)

Level Y

Riding Rockets

The Wooden Apple

Gemstones and Jewels

The Spider Beast

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Artificial Body Parts

Two Dollars (Anthologies Y: Helping Hands)

At Your Service! (Anthologies Y: Helping Hands)

The Measure of a Hero (Anthologies Y: Helping Hands)

Lending a Hairy Hand (Anthologies Y: Helping Hands)

Level Z

Look, No Hands!


Two Violins

Holocaust Rescuers

The Iroquois Confederacy

Baboon for President: Long Live the Queen Bee (Anthologies Z: Voting Rights)

Driving for the Vote (Anthologies Z: Voting Rights)

Joining the Fight (Anthologies Z: Voting Rights)

One Vote (Anthologies Z: Voting Rights)

A Long, Hard March (Anthologies Z: Voting Rights)

Lesson Cards

  • Accompany each book.
  • Our lesson plans are designed to support teachers in providing dynamic small-group instruction that engages students in reading, writing, and word study/phonics. Each component of the lesson supports students in developing strong reading, writing, and decoding skills, while building vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency.

Our Books

  • High-quality award-winning fiction and nonfiction books in a variety of genres
  • Rigorously sequenced and leveled to provide gradually increasing text complexity that builds reading proficiency
  • Supportive photography and illustrations
  • Characters and topics that reflect the diversity of our world

Guided writing is a
part of every Literacy
Footprints lesson.

It provides a supported
opportunity for students to
gain additional experience
writing about text.